IMPHAL, April 18 - Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called for the convergence of government schemes and programmes to make agriculture viable. Naidu was on his maiden visit to Manipur after becoming the Vice President of the country.
The Vice President also stressed the need to develop necessary infrastructure in villages. He was addressing the valedictory function of the daylong State-level workshop on �Biodiversity and sustainable agriculture for doubling of farmers� income� at the City Convention Centre here.
Manipur Governor Dr Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, Agriculture Minister V Hangkhalian, Forest Minister Th Shyamkumar and others also attended the function.
Stating that universities and institutes were set up to groom local talents to take the region and country forward, Naidu lamented that agriculture has lately unviable. People are abandoning agriculture and moving towards cities for education, employment, economic activities and medical facilities, he pointed out.
Naidu quipped that politicians want their sons to become politician, businessmen want businessmen, actors want their sons to be actors, but farmers do not want their sons to become farmers. This is because agriculture is not found to be viable, he added.
That is why the Prime Minister has called upon all stakeholders, particularly scientists, researchers and government officials, to work together to make agriculture viable in the country, the Vice President said.
In her speech, Governor Najma Heptulla said the growth of agriculture in Manipur has been uneven and unsatisfactory due to its dependence on seasonal rainfall. Hailing the Centre�s decision in the Union Budget to double the income of farmers by 2022, she said: �In sync with the decision of the Government of India, the State Government has begun its work on developing strategies to double the income of farmers by 2022.�
Chief Minister Biren Singh highlighted the activities of the Government for promoting sustainable agriculture in the State. Earlier, Agriculture Minister V Hangkhalian inaugurated the workshop which had two technical sessions.